How to make a FIVE PETAL FLOWER
( or Gathered Ribbon Flower )
A very simple flower to add to your list of achievements.
Put simply the petals are formed by making small tacking stitches on the ribbon in a box pattern & gathered up to form a circle, with a bead or french knot centre.
Step 1. Cut off a length of ribbon ( eg. 7 mm. approx. 15 cms. )
The length of ribbon will be determined by the ribbon width and fullness
you wish to have in the petal.
Step 2. Mark out the ribbon into 5 equal areas.
I then mark with small dots with an erasable pen.
Step 3. With matching sewing thread, begin at one end of the ribbon,
by overstitching the thread. This prevents the thread from pulling
straight through when you are gathering up the flower.
Step 4. Stitch as per this photo. Most important the thread has to
loop over the ribbon onthe same edge you start your tacking.
If you miss 1 of these it will not gather up.
Step 5. When all stitching is done, gently pull the thread, sliding the ribbon along the thread.
Arrange the petals out flat, you may have to untwist some. Must be 5 petals. Make
a few firm stitches in the last petal to stop it unravelling.
Step 6. Stitch both ribbon ends together. The flower then can be stitched
down to your fabric or make a opening in the fabric and push the tails
through ( this being the neater option)
Step 7. Make small stitches to hold it down and then place a bead or
french knots in the centre.
A variation - Small flower made with
10 mm Cascade House Bias Silk Ribbon.
When Stitching I have allowed the coloured edge to be on the outside petals
as per illustration above. Resulting in a petite cream flower with a
darker pink on the edge of the Petals.
HOLDER FOR PENCILS OR SEWING TOOLS
I have made a denim cover from an empty coffee container, and embellished it
with 5 Petal Flowers using a craft ribbon with a metallic edge.